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Seastar Cruises Reef Day Trips

#1 of 68 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Cairns Features Animals
75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 6218
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Reef Trip

Great crew, nice boat. The private locations they had are great as not very crowded. I couldn't... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brent J
Seattle, Washington
Amazing experience

We researched Reef trips for months before we left home to make sure we chose the right company and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Seastar Cruises premium reef cruise combines the outer Great Barrier Reef with a coral cay island. In only 1 1/4 hours the fast air-conditioned Seastar 1 can take you from Cairns to magnificent Michaelmas Cay, the largest of the local uninhabited coral cays. Cruising past Green Island, Upolu cay and Oyster reef Seastar is the first boat to arrive. After an enjoyable time here it is a short 20 minute cruise to the splendid Hastings Reef sitting on the very outer edge. This is where the corals thrive, well out from the coast away from the influence the rivers and streams, adjacent to the clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will have 2 1/2 hours at each location. Plenty of time to go snorkeling, do a introductory dive, relax on the beach of the Island or join a tour in the Glass Bottom Boat at Hastings Reef. The day cruise on Seastar inlcudes Morning/Afternoon tea, high quality snorkel equipment, Wetsuit or Lycra suit (depending on the time of year), Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch, Reef Interpretation & Guided Snorkel Tours on each spot.
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75 Esplande | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
+61 7 4041 6218

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great crew, nice boat. The private locations they had are great as not very crowded. I couldn't have asked for a better experience out on the reef.

Thank Brent J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We researched Reef trips for months before we left home to make sure we chose the right company and we sure did! It's the Seastar staff who make it so great. Especially Tara, she was so enthusiastic and helpful the kids learnt so much from...More

Thank Nicci B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We came to Australia from the US to visit relatives, and were fortunate enough to book a day cruise with Seastar. The crew was very friendly, and they moved around the ship like they'd grown up on the ocean. The sites they took us to...More

Thank Kristie P
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a lovely trip to two stops on the Great Barrier Reef for a day ride and met expectations: saw anemone fish ("Nemo"), parrot fish, angelfish, turtle, an array of hard and soft coral, etc. Came with morning and evening tea, ample lunch, and optional...More

Thank Brendan P
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband were visiting Australia on holiday for the first time a couple weeks ago. Snorkeling a part of The Great Barrier Reef was a highlight of our itinerary...until we saw the weather forecast. 2/3 days that we were visiting Cairns was supposed to rain....More

1  Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A supposed-to-be relaxing snorkelling trip turns into a horrifying experience. On our way back, the alarm of the ship went off and everyone (more than 35 of us!) had to evacuate to the front deck with our life jackets on! Even though some of the...More

3  Thank mindful k
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had an amazing time on board the Seastar. Crew were super friendly and safety conscious. Snorkelling was amazing. Food was good. Such an awesome experience!

Thank amandadehoop
Reviewed 1 week ago

The water was very choppy going back and we heard a warning siren go off. After that everybody was huddled to the front deck with safety jackets on. We had no idea what was going on. A lady asked them what is going on, but...More

Thank VerifiedTraveler88
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having recently recovered from a serious illness I was unsure how I would go but desperately wanting to snorkel the reef we headed out to sea. The crew on Seastar went way above any level of service you could expect and nothing was too much...More

1  Thank pjbbubke2050
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment we stepped on board, we had a great time. The crew were fun and knowledgable. The food was good, and everyone on board was looked after, regardless of their age or skill level. I would have given this tour a 5, but...More

Thank Karen S
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Tiffany C
Is it safe to bring our valuable stuff on board ( ex passports, money)
25 April 2017|
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Response from ahnat2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but it's just based on trust. They don't have a safe or anything.
We'll be visiting early June with my 2 daughters (8 and 10 yr old). How's the water temperature there? Do we need a wet suit? how long is the ride until we reach the snorkeling site? if the water pretty rough at that time of year (we get motion sick pretty easily). How long is the day trip? thanks
14 April 2017|
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Response from Todd G | Reviewed this property |
The coral sea is in the low to mid seventies (F) all year round
Robert H
we have a family of 5. 2 of us want to do dives other 3 want to just snorkel. My son has just turned 15 and recently done his open water ticket. I'm a divemaster (worked for QS early 2000s.) can you tell me what the total cost would be for a family price (2 adults and 3 kids, 15.17.18)
10 April 2017|
Response from SeastarCruises | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. Standard Cruise is $210 per person including $15 EMC/Port admin fee. 1st Certified Dive is $55 per person 2nd Certified Dive is $45 per person As we cater for a small group of 36 passengers daily... More